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"Peer review" (or "refereed") means that an article is reviewed by experts in that field before the article gets published. This means that if a scientist writes an article on stem cells, other experts on stem cells will review the article to make sure it’s of high enough quality to be published. The peer review (or referee) process ensures that the research described in a journal's articles is sound and of high quality.
Types of Peer Review
- Reviewers know who wrote the article.
- Reviewers do not know who wrote the article.
- Designed to increase objectivity in the review process.
Searching for Peer-Reviewed Articles
Many databases available through GALILEO give you the option to search for only peer reviewed items.
- Enter your search terms (keywords)
- Click on the box beside Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
- You can also select the option for peer reviewed from your results screen
Using Ulrich's to Check Peer Review Status
You can search in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (Ulrichsweb) to see if the article is Refereed (Peer Reviewed).
- Go to Ulrich's
- Enter the title of the journal into the search box
- Do not search for the article title. If you are unsure which title is the journal title, ask a librarian
- Click the magnifying glass icon
- Look in the search results for the correct journal title
- Some journals have very similar names, librarians can help you find the correct journal.
- If the journal is peer-reviewed there will be a black and white icon next to the title
- You can click on the journal title to see more information. Look for the Refereed under the Basic Description. If it says Refereed and Yes, then the journal is peer-reviewed.
- Ulrich's uses the word Refereed.
- Refereed is the same as peer-reviewed.
- When a journal is peer-reviewed, it means that most of the articles published in it are peer-reviewed. Other content, such as editorials, letter to the editor, and responses to previously published articles, are not peer-reviewed.
Peer Review and Other Journal Information From Database
Some databases will tell you if the article is in a peer-reviewed journal.
- Click on the article title to see more information about the article.
- Click on the Journal title
- In some databases you will see more information about the journal, including if it is peer reviewed.
- In other databases, clicking on the journal title runs a search for all articles published in that title.
Journal Title Information: